The University of Miami is IOI's largest and longest standing partner. The mission of UM's study abroad office of the university is “to promote and foster international education and multicultural understanding” and that is exactly what the partnership with IOI provides. Each fall and spring semester, IOI turns into a U-on-location site, hosting the so called UGalapagos program. The UGalapagos program is an exciting semester study abroad program that takes UM students faculty to IOI for a field-oriented semester of study. UM is offering a full six-course (17-18 credit) semester in the Spring and Fall tailored to the needs and interests of students majoring in marine science and ecosystem sciences, biology and pre-med. Courses are taught sequentially as intensive two-week experiences by UM faculty experts.